Hot Latin Jazz for a Cold January Night: Orquesta Alto Maiz at KCCK's Jazz Under the Stars 2012
Orquesta Alto Maiz is something of a musical enigma. It is a popular eleven-piece Latin-jazz-dance band made up of musicians now living in the "heartland" of America. Alto Maiz has been performing regionally and internationally since 1986 and has steadily built a strong base of Latin music fans and supporters wherever they've played. Orquesta Alto Maiz plays a wide range of Latin musical styles, including merengue, samba, cha-cha-cha, salsa, calypso, and boleros. In addition to Latin-jazz standards by Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Ismael Miranda, Mario Bauzá, Poncho Sanchez and others, the band has produced many successful original compositions as well.
The Salsa Band was the featured guest at a special fifth concert, celebrating 25 years of Jazz under the Stars. The concert was extra special because it was also the farewell performance for several founding members of the Orquesta, who have announced they are retiring from the band.
7 p.m. following JazzSet.